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Poland's junior parties call for troops pullout from Iraq, Afghanistan
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07:48, August 15, 2007

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The League and Self-defense (LiS) alliance formed by Self-defense and the League of Polish Families called on the cabinet Tuesday for a pullout of Polish troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We call for an immediate decision on ending the Polish presence in "both countries," Self-defense's press spokesman Mateusz Piskorski told reporters Tuesday.

"This is not our war, a war for Polish interests," Piskorski was quoted by Polish PAP news agency.

Piskorski stressed that no more Polish contingents should be sent there in future. The Polish society also deemed Polish presence in the two countries unnecessary, he added.

"Our troops can become cannon fodder in Afghanistan," Piskorski warned.

He said that his party and the League of Polish Families opposed sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan "from the very beginning."

Poland has more than 1,100 troops as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Currently, 900 Polish officers and soldiers stationed in Iraq. In December 2006, Polish President Lech Kaczynski approved the government's decision of prolonging the mission of Poland's presence in Iraq until the end of 2007.

Source: Xinhua



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